June 21, 2012, 2:25 PM — The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) this week awarded Lockheed Martin a three-year contract to support operations and security on the Department of Defense global data network. The contract, which could be extended up to four additional years, might reach a potential $4.6 billion over seven years.
The Global Systems Management Operations (GSM-O) contract includes not just Lockheed, but teammates AT&T, ACS, Serco, BAE Systems, ManTech and others. The DoD's GSM-O is headquartered at Fort Meade, Md., home of the National Security Agency, with multiple support locations said to be across the globe. Lockheed's responsibilities under the contract, which replaces a decade-long contract awarded to SAIC, calls for network provisioning, operations, assurance and maintenance across the military's networks.
The award follows another Lockheed win last month with the DoD to provide the workforce technology underpinnings and analysis for the Department of Defense Cybercrime Center, known as DC3, run under the aegis of the Air Force, and based in Lithicum, Md. The previous contractor supporting this was General Dynamics.
DC3 program director at Lockheed, Rohan Amin, this week discussed the work being done for that project.
DC3 is concerned with all types of cybercrime that might occur related to the defense services and networks. It has been focusing on how to better share cyber-intelligence not just in the DoD, but with businesses that work closely with the DoD, Amin says.
The effort that Lockheed is assisting DoD with now involves expanding intelligence-sharing to include as many as 2,650 companies that partner with DoD today and store classified information. As Lockheed assumed the contract last month there were only 37 companies doing that, but the goal is now to have DoD bring a much wider array of companies into the intelligence-sharing effort. There is even discussion that this might proceed beyond those holding classified information.
"This is an attempt by DoD to reach out to industry in a collaborative way," says Amin about what he still considers a pilot program to get the 2,650 companies on board to securely share information about cyber-incidents. The goal is to obtain and share real-time reporting about attacks against these companies that hold classified information.